タグ別アーカイブ: Teddy Reig

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Photo:Edward Berger

Today I post about the book ‘Reminiscing in Tempo’ and the author Edward Berger.

The book was based on reminiscences recorded by Edger Berger in the final years of Reig’s life.

Edward Berger is Assistant Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies of Rutgers University and co-editor of Scarecrow’s Studies in Jazz Series.

He recently retired after three decades at the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) to pursue freelance writing and photography.

His photographs have appeared in many periodicals as well as on recordings by such artists as Benny Carter, Phil Woods, Frank Wess, Quincy Jones, and Ray Bryant. 

The following is his three works as author.

Benny Carter : A Life in American Music 

Here is Johnny Smith – Johnny Smith’s Kaleidoscope(Full Album).

Here is Count Basie plays Neal Hefti – Cute.

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Today I want to post about Paul Williams.

Paul Williams had been marketed by Teddy Reig.

Teddy Reig produced  Paul’s “The Hucklebuck”.

Soon after it entered Billboard’s R&B chart in February 1949, the strutting honky-tonk blues reached No. 1, and it remained on the charts for 32 weeks.

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The Hucklebuck” was influenced by Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time”.

Teddy Reig said:

“The Hucklebuck” was influenced by Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time”.

“Hucklebuck” wasn’t just a rip-off of “Now’s the Time.”

“The one was jazz, the other was rock and roll, and we were hungry.”

About Paul Williams,please refer to his website. Go here and Here

Here‘s Paul Williams “The Hucklebuck”

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Birdland (New York jazz club)

Roost Records was acquired by Morris Levy in 1958 and incorporated into Roulette Records.

In addition Morris Levy was owner of the Birdland jazz club,and it was a jazz club started in

New York City on December 15, 1949.

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Photo above, from left Joe Newman, Dick Katz, Teddy Reig and Count Basie

Teddy Reig produced the Count Basie orchestra through its most prolific and popular period.

He extensively recorded the Count Basie Orchestra and other jazz musicians and singers.

I found an interesting story about the relationship between Basie and Teddy.

Producer friend Bob Porter noted that “Reig was a real master with Basie. The Count Basie

band that Teddy produced on Roulette never sounded better anywhere, before or after.

Teddy really knew what that band was supposed to sound like and he always got it.”

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Photo:Jazz Cafe ‘Basie’

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Photo:Owner Mr.Sugawara

Last year, all Basie’s works of Roulette era has been re-released in Japan.Go Here 

This series was supervised by Shouji Sugawara ‘菅原正二’.

Mr.Sugawara is most famous jazz cafe ‘Basie’s owner.

I went to ‘Basie’ about three years ago in Ichinoseki in Iwate Prefecture.

I guess ‘Basie’ is a sacred place of jazz cafe in Japan.

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The Roost label was founded in 1949.

From 1950 until 1958 Roost label was run by Jack Hooke and Teddy Reig.

Teddy Reig produced jazz legend’s records such as Bud Powell, Johnny Smith and Stan Getz.

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This record was first released on Teddy Reig’s Royal Roost label as two LPs

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Photo above Haruki Murakami

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is a huge Stan Getz fan.

Haruki Murakami said:”The [Jazz] for me, it was Stan Getz.”

Hear is Johnny Smith Quintet – Moonlight in Vermont (1952)

Stan Getz (ts), Johnny Smith (g), Sanford Gold (p), Eddie Safranski (b), Don Lamond (ds)

Here is Bud Powell Trio – I Should Care (1947)

Bud Powell (piano), Curly Russell (bass), Max Roach (drums)

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Recently I found an interesting book,which was written about Teddy Reig.

“Reminiscing in Tempo [The Life and Times of a Jazz Hustler]” by Teddy Reig and Edward Berger

This week I want to post about Teddy Reig who was a legend producer and A&R man.

He was born November 23, 1918 〜 died September 29, 1984.

He produced remarkable achievements from the 1940s through the 1970s.

He produced for Savoy, Roost (which he co-founded in 1950), Roulette, and Verve.

Also he had associated many jazz legends.

Today I post about the historical recording in Savoy Records.

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In November 1945, he produced Charlie Parker’s legendary first recording as a leader.

There have been a famous mystery in this historical recording.

Who was playing trumpet on ‘Ko-ko’ ?

I quoted “Documents from the Savoy files and the recollections of Teddy Rig”

This session was recorded November 26, 1945, at the WOR studios in New York.
 […]
Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Curly Russell, Max Roach were booked for the date.
 Bud Powell had gone to Philadelphia, so Dizzy proposed himself to Reig as the piano player.
 Parker also contacted pianist Argonne Thornton (Sadik Hakim).
[…]
 Teddy Reig said: “Dizzy plays trumpet on the opening and then goes to the piano and
we put in the drum solo so Dizzy would have a chance to get back for the ending”.
[…]

What do you think about his speaking?

About this recording,please refer to JazzWax article.Go here

Here is Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie – KoKo